INDIANAPOLIS – Anna Murphy has been a standout since she started with the Zionsville volleyball program.

On Sunday afternoon, she closed the prep chapter of her volleyball-playing career, playing in the Indiana Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Lawrence North High School.

“It’s so much fun to play in an event like this,” Murphy said on Sunday. “A lot of these girls I played against during the high school season, so having the opportunity to play with them now is a lot of fun.”

Murphy was a junior all-star last season, so she knew what to expect from the weekend.

But with it being her senior year, and all the players getting ready to take the next step to the college level, she said it was a good final send-off.

“It’s bittersweet for sure,” Murphy said. “But it made it even better. Even the some of the girls who I hadn’t met before, but have seen on the other side of the net, it was cool to meet them and hang out with them before we head off to college.”

Murphy played with the Northern All-Stars on Sunday, and her team fell to the South 25-22, 25-22 in the best-of-3 format.

As she did during her time playing with the Lady Eagles, Murphy was able to contribute in several different ways, registering seven digs, two aces and four assists during the two sets.

Trailing 22-15 in the second set, Murphy was able to serve her team to within 22-20, but the late comeback fell short.

“It was just a fun time, even in the practice before the match,” Murphy said. “Getting able to play against some of these top hitters, who hit so hard, it was fun to play against them in the match.”

Murphy set the single-season record for digs this past season for the Lady Eagles, registering 649 and helped the Eagles to a 23-7 record before falling to eventual state runner-up Hamilton Southeastern in the sectional.

She added 35 aces.

Murphy finished her career with 1,486 digs, second in school history, and added 110 aces.

“It is always exciting to have the opportunity to represent Zionsville in events like this,” Murphy said. “It’s always pretty sweet, because there are so many schools in the state and represented here, so when they say Zionsville and I come out, it just makes me happy to hear it.”

It is the third-straight season that Zionsville has had players earn all-star recognition.

In 2017, both Katie Isenbarger and Leah Daniel made the team, and last year Megan Sheridan earned the honor.

Murphy said she was proud that she was able to continue the tradition.

“We definitely take pride in that,” Murphy said. “Last year, I got to play in the junior game and Megan was in the senior game, and that was a lot of fun to be part of. Getting to be here and represent our school and program is great.”

Murphy signed with Boston College to continue her academic and volleyball career earlier in November. A story on her signing will appear in next week’s Times Sentinel.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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